How’s Things?

Although this post will go out on Friday, its Monday while I’m writing it. Its damp, chilly and grey outside my window. Apparently late Winter wants to drop back in for a few days this week. Next Monday, May 1st, is a holiday so typical of British long weekends, that more or less guarantees we won’t be seeing much in the way of sun or warmth for the next ten days.

In The Garden

I’m hoping the chill won’t kill off the sunflower seedlings that are now in the ground. I posted about The Big Sunflower Project earlier this year. I got six plants from the nine pots of seeds I did and am so looking forward to nursing these along to the mature flowers.

Bluebells are finally blooming in the backyard now too! Late April into May is the time to see these fragrant, trumpet shaped blossoms in England. It was a lovely surprise last Spring to see these beauties show up, remnants I think of the cottage garden that once existed on this piece of land.

Despite the vagaries of the climate, the fuchsia bush in the front yard is fully leafed and flowers are coming along. Not quite ready for the bees, but almost. We pruned it back a lot early this Spring while it was still in the bare branch stage, the only time you can really see what your doing properly. This tall, graceful plant literally “buzzes” from dawn to dusk, May through to mid-October. The buzzing is from the dozens of bees and other insects who visit it to harvest pollen. I don’t doubt there have been some scouts checking the progress of this food source. I have two much smaller fuchsia in the backyard, but they were transplanted from pots to the ground last Autumn, so I’m not sure they will do anything this year.

On The Television

I’m watching Big Little Lies, based on the book of the same name. The mini series revolves around the dark side of a well heeled California coastal community where things are most definitely not what they seem. The last episode airs tonight.

What I’m enjoying even more is Season 2 of Billions starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Lewis is the super rich Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and Giamatti is Chuck Rhodes, the U.S. Attorney for the District of New York. Axelrod is a self made billionaire from a working class background, and the owner of a hedge fund company who’s deals aren’t all squeaky clean. Rhodes comes from a privileged family and lives to prosecute men just like Axelrod. The cat and mouse power play between the two men is so well written. I came across Season 1 last year, watched the pilot and loved it so much I binge watched the rest of season.

In the Library

I’m reading a few books, a habit I developed years ago; having more than one book on the go. From NetGalley I’m reading “The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy” by Michael Hogan. Hogan looks at the phenomena of spin and PR that made Kennedy one of the most, if not the most memorable president in U.S. history. Really fascinating reading when you consider that the field of image-making was still quite new 50 years ago. The specialist firms that do that sort of thing today were almost non existent then. Kennedy’s “legend” if you like, was created single-handedly by his wife and family.

I just finished “A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York”. If you enjoyed Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence”, set in 1870s New York, (or perhaps you saw the movie of the same name with Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis,)”A Season of Splendor” takes you behind the scenes of the real life New York society that Wharton’s novel is based on. From ordinary beginnings to super rich, the Astors presided over a strata of society who’s customs and behaviour look ludicrous by today’s standards. Its absorbing reading if you are interested in that sort of history.

In the Office

I’ve taken on a new client which I’m really excited about. I love the field of medicine, which gives me my main client, a London-based ophthalmic surgeon. But when I was asked if I would help with the North American sales development of this British eco-luxury skin care brand I couldn’t say no. I know the owner and the brand and it will be a wonderful change of pace to do some work in an area that I love so much.

Almost the end of April folks. How is Spring looking with you?